usu·​al | \ ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce usual (audio) , -zhəl; ˈyüzh-wəl \

Definition of usual

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1 : accordant with usage, custom, or habit : normal
2 : commonly or ordinarily used followed his usual route
3 : found in ordinary practice or in the ordinary course of events : ordinary
as usual
: in the accustomed or habitual way as usual they were late



Definition of usual (Entry 2 of 2)

: something usual

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usualness \ ˈyü-​zhə-​wəl-​nəs How to pronounce usualness (audio) , -​zhəl-​ ; ˈyüzh-​wəl-​ \ noun

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usual, customary, habitual, wonted, accustomed mean familiar through frequent or regular repetition. usual stresses the absence of strangeness or unexpectedness. my usual order for lunch customary applies to what accords with the practices, conventions, or usages of an individual or community. the customary waiting period before the application is approved habitual suggests a practice settled or established by much repetition. a habitual morning routine wonted stresses habituation but usually applies to what is favored, sought, or purposefully cultivated. his wonted determination accustomed is less emphatic than wonted or habitual in suggesting fixed habit or invariable custom. accepted the compliment with her accustomed modesty

Examples of usual in a Sentence

Adjective She charges less than the usual fee. He took his usual route to work. the usual method for preparing chili She is not my usual doctor. It's usual to charge a fee for delivery. It's not usual for him to get home so late.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Letter to the fleets – As thousands of boats head to the salmon grounds, everyone knows it’s not business as usual. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump administration renews push for expanding U.S. aquaculture," 18 May 2020 Notwithstanding the direction to self-isolate, Brito-Hernandez went to her client's home on April 17 as usual and did not wear a face mask or any other personal protective equipment, the news release says. Fox News, "NJ home health aide charged with exposing coronavirus to elderly client who died," 17 May 2020 On sale at The Home Depot for $2,069, the price has been knocked down roughly $230 from its usual $2,299. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 20 best appliances to buy on sale for Memorial Day," 16 May 2020 Driving his usual No. 42 car will be Matt Kenseth, in his first race on the big circuit since 2018. Victor Mather, New York Times, "The Biggest Weekend of Live Sports on TV in a Long Time," 15 May 2020 Cronin’s plan was to wrestle and continue school as usual. Stefan Krajisnik, Indianapolis Star, "Before Liam Cronin could wrestle like himself again, he had to deal with loss of his daughter," 14 May 2020 As a result, the elections went forward as usual, with in-person voting being conducted, even amidst the stay-at-home order. Breanna Edwards, Essence, "Wisconsin Supreme Court Strikes Down Gov's Extension Of Stay-At-Home Order," 14 May 2020 After two years of development, Gift3r made its official launch in at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January, two months before life became anything but business as usual. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Electronic gift card app offers boost for small businesses in Arizona," 14 May 2020 Here are five, plus how to incorporate each of these healthful foods into your usual eating routine. Cynthia Sass, Mph,, "Losing Belly Fat: A Nutritionist's Top 5 Foods," 13 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Mexican restaurant serves all of the usuals from three locations: 433 W New England Ave. in Winter Park; 5415 International Drive in Orlando; and 120 W. Church St. in Orlando. Lauren Delgado,, "First Bite: Brunch at Pepe's Cantina," 15 June 2018 Of course, travelers can expect the usuals that come with flying on a low-cost carrier— Cassie Shortsleeve, CNT, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Europe from $99 on Primera Air," 25 July 2017 On most days, the half-dozen or so usuals, guns often holstered to their belts, settle into swivel chairs around tables near a bulletproof glass partition separating them from those taking target practice. Chris Fuchs, NBC News, "At Manhattan’s Last Gun Range, Darren Leung Calls the Shots," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of usual


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1589, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for usual


Middle English, from Anglo-French usuel, from Late Latin usualis, from Latin usus use

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“Usual.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of usual

: done, found, or used most of the time or in most cases : normal or regular


usu·​al | \ ˈyü-zhə-wəl How to pronounce usual (audio) \

Kids Definition of usual

: done, found, used, or existing most of the time This is the usual state of the house.

Other Words from usual

usually adverb

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